Monday, September 02, 2013

Bittersweet Berries - Welcome September!

12" x 16"
Arches 140#CP

According to local weather forecasters, today is the 'meteorological' start of fall. To my eyes, the season, at least in my part of North Carolina, has been gradually showing herself in the hints of yellowing leaves, the appearance of fall yellow flowers - Helianthus and Coreopsis varieties), the browning of the sedges, the start of another haying season.

The muscadines are ripe now on the wild vines, the berries of the hollies and sumac are finally red, and the beauty berries are starting to turn their autumn purple.

The season has started and I plan to enjoy each subtle change and color.

I haven't found bittersweet berries nearby yet, so I painted these from a photo taken last year while visiting my sisters. I love their reds and golds and how they seem to herald the season.

Have a most marvelous week!


Joan T said...

Lovely colors and shapes. Well done, Lin!

Lorraine said...

Oh I love it; Love the gorgeous colors. I used to go out to a festival or country market every year and buy bittersweet to decorate for fall. Then I got old and tired and haven't done it in years. And it got SO expensive.

What a beautiful painting and thanks for the memories.